The Oklahoma City Thunder arrived in Orlando’s NBA bubble last week and are prepping to close out the final eight games of the regular season and then make a playoff run. Here are some key notes that you may have missed since OKC traveled east.
He’s back but we have a serious question
When the Thunder took to the floor for the first practice in Orlando guard Andre Roberson not only attended but participated. It’s been nearly two and a half years since Roberson actually played a game for OKC but the fact that he was able to fully participate in 5-on-5 drills that included contact brings about some solid speculation that we’ll see #21 play in Orlando.
That begs a serious question from me. How much is Billy Donovan willing to mess with chemistry to include Roberson? Don’t get me wrong here. If Roberson is able to make it back on the floor it will be a fantastic story. However what Donovan has done with this team, in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, is nothing short of miraculous.
The last time we saw Roberson he was a starter. Now we need to be prepared to see him as a bench player and the reason is two-fold. First, what Donovan is doing is working. Steven Adams is the only player remaining on the team who was in the starting five on January 27, 2018. That’s the last time Roberson played. Chemistry is everything when making a playoff run. I’m sure that everyone loves Andre and is happy to see him back on the floor. That doesn’t always translate to being comfortably playing with him though.
Speaking of Roberson and Adams, would a video of them teaming up to sing some Backstreet Boys brighten your day?
Chris Paul Tops Darius Bazley
Darius Bazley pushed his veteran point guard to the brink but in the end it was the youngster doing the push-ups while Chris Paul soaked in the win. Just one of many ways the Thunder are entertaining themselves away from basketball responsibilities.
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